Organised Chaos: The Planning With Kids Book

Planning with Kids book by nicole averyI haven’t read a book quite like it. As I read it, I felt like I was interacting with an entire community. Just like a blog. That’s it! The Planning With Kids Book is just like a blog in a book. It comes alive as you read it which is an amazing and unique combination! Let me tell you about it.

About Nicole Avery

Firstly, I want to tell you about the author, Nicole Avery. I call her Nic. She’s warm, friendly, down to earth and approachable. Here we are at the recent Melbourne Bloggers Brunch and Sydney Aussie Bloggers Conference (pictured below). We’ve only met a few times in person, but I feel I know Nic because I read her blog. She’s married to a supportive man and they have five unique and amazing children. The book is personal, so you feel like Nicole is there chatting with you over a cup of tea, and there’s plenty of helpful advice, presented in a easy to digest way. Read more about Nicole here: About Nicole Avery.

Planning With Kids by Nicole Avery

About the Book

Planning With Kids (the book) is all about organising a family so there’s time for family fun.  It’s based on Nicole’s blog of the same name. There is vast amounts of useful information about planning in the book, but for me, it was more than that. There’s a holistic approach to the book that’s not limited to organisation strategies. I’ll venture to say the book gives a comprehensive guide to family life. It’s not so much about parenting as it is about the beauty that is family.  That is what struck me.I finished the book with renewed excitement about making plans for my own family. I can’t remember last time a book did that for me.

I found myself constantly nodding as I read because it makes so much sense.  Here are some lines that jumped out at me:

“Keep it simple, start small and focus on the basics.”

“Spending all my time focusing on the ‘now’ made me feel as though I was always in catch-up mode.”

“We still do have moments of mess, fighting and tears, but planning has made managing these moments easier and less frequent.”

“It’s with gradual steps that we make changes to our daily life so we can spend more time being with the kids, rather than doing for the kids.”

“Plan time for yourself, your kids, your partner and most importantly plan time for fun!”

The book covers a whole range of topics including age related stages, holidays, birthday parties, meal planning, spending time with your spouse, routines, and much more.


Remember I said reading the book is like participating in a community?  Well, the book is filled with excerpts from readers of the Planning With Kids Blog. I feel privileged to be in it (on page 110). It’s a book where regular Mums and Dads share their experiences, so as I read it, I felt I was in a room full of warm people chatting out their family. I was encouraged, not only by Nic, and the way she openly shared about her parenting experiences, but by the many others who shared in the book.

Last Word

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Planning With Kids Book. It’s easy to read, a section at a time, and also engaging so you can sit for long periods and take it all in. Yes, it’s a book about planning, but it’s also a book that inspires the reader to invest in the gift of family life. And that, is very beautiful.


The book was published by Wright Books

Find out where to buy the book here:  Buy the Book


***Giveaway ended. Winner has been notified by email. Congratulations!***

I’m so happy to be able to give a book away to a Be A Fun Mum reader. I know you’ll love it! All you need to do is leave a comment below.

1. Open to Australian Residents only

2. Competition open 10 June to 17 June 2011

3. I will decide the winner using random.org

4. The winner will be notified via email.


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    June 10, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Hi Kelly, Seems this book is everywhere at the moment. It is the feature of my latest blog post as well. Such a good book for me at the moment. Helping me through my chaos!
    Cheers Courtney x

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    Sally Dalwood
    June 10, 2011 at 8:01 am

    That sounds like a wonderful book. Being a working mum, and (I admit) a very “disorganized housewife”, I often feel like I’m playing catch-up, and then not having the time to do the fun things I want to do with my partner and son.

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    June 10, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for introducing Nic and this book to my world….would love to read the book!

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    June 10, 2011 at 8:04 am

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    Katie b
    June 10, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Sounds like a brilliant book, in a chaotic world its hard to find time to just “be a family” great review had

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    June 10, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I love the excerpt “Spending all my time focusing on the ‘now’ made me feel as though I was always in catch-up mode.” That is totally me! I have made a few small steps to change this, but would like to be able to see the bigger picture rather than focussing on the small stuff. Would love to read this book!

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    June 10, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Oh your the second person I have seen to review this book and love it….. I would love to win it but if not I really need to get my hands on a copy… I can’t wait to read it thank you 🙂

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    Jenni Law
    June 10, 2011 at 8:16 am

    a book about the gift of family life – what a wonderful thing that gets too overlooked in the rushing here and there that is our family life. I have started to take small steps towards trying to address the inbalance. Seems to me this book just might be what I need to get where I want!! Thanks for the review!

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    Nicole Meyer
    June 10, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Wow could this be the answer to all my problems….maybe…a little!!!! I’m a stay at home mum but I feel like I’m running around all day cleaning, going to and fro. I feel like I don’t actually ‘spend’ time with the kids, and lets not even talk about time with hubby! Does Nicole make home visits???!!!

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    Allison Dench
    June 10, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Sounds like a fantastic book! thanks be a fun mum – now we can be fun AND organised 🙂

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    Naomi Ellis
    June 10, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I would so love to win! great review and love the pictures of the two of you together. I love that she has included so many others – very generous lady that Nic! N x

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    June 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I would love to read this book! I like to plan ahead as it is but i am most certain this book would help that little bit more.
    It seems every week we get busier & busier which i love so im sure theres some planning element im missing lol


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    June 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Sounds like a great book – I would love to receive a copy as it will help me organise with a new baby coming soon.

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    June 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

    What a lovely review, makes me want to have the book even more. Great photos of you both too.

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    Andrea Browne
    June 10, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for the review – sounds like a great read!

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    Mel peacock
    June 10, 2011 at 10:05 am

    This book is on my birthday wish list 🙂

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    June 10, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Sounds like an awesome book! Am also heading over to check out the blog!

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    Nicole Townsend
    June 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hi there
    I love to escape the chaos of my world and just BE with my kids (gels, aged 8 & 6).
    Childhood is so precious, loving every minute of it.
    The book looks fab.

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    June 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Sounds like a great book, can’t wait to read it.

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    June 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

    fantastic! I just read that Nicole is at Dymocks Chermside and I missed it. Will definitely have a look at the book next time I’m there.

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    June 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I have been waiting for this book to come out for months… can’t wait to get my hands on it… have to ‘plan in’ some time to read it! lol 🙂

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    June 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Sounds like a great book. can’t wait to get a copy and have a read.

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    Laura snook
    June 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I have 3 children under 3 years of age and i would love any helpful hints on how to plan for fun family time. The book sounds great!

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    June 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the review, i would love to read the book, the chaos in our house could do with a little organisation!

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    June 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Sounds great. Pity I missed Nic in Brisbane today.

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    June 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Sounds fantastic! With an extraordinarily bright, busy and rambunctious 2 yr old and another bubba on the way I love the idea of geting some good tips and skills for spending more time ‘with’ the kids and less time ‘for’ the kids! Good season to stretch my capacity as a mum!

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    June 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    i would love this book! As a mum and a teacher at a school for young mums, i could see this book dog eared and bookmarked in no time

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    June 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I really want a copy of Nic’s book but with the whole “buy nothing new for a year” thing I can’t! It would be fab to win one though. Thanks for offering a giveaway x

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    June 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    pick me! pick me!!!! xx

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    June 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I’d love to win this book… Sounds as if it was written with me in mind 🙂

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    June 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Possibly I am in more dire need of planning assistance than 99% of the population.

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    June 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    i would love to have it as i am a mother of two and the third is on the way and i am studying as well and i get stressed alot and i would love a guide to add more fun to my sweet family as they r the most important thing in my whole life and this is my biggest achievment that i need to enjoy more,thanx

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    June 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Sooner or later I am going to win this book. Or otherwise, I’m going to have to buy it, but that’s nowhere near as much fun!

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    June 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the awesome review. It sounds like I totally need this book. Like, yesterday.

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    June 11, 2011 at 1:06 am

    We were just talking tonight over dinner how I could ‘better organize’ my day so I can spend more time playing with our kids and less time doing ‘house stuff’.
    Off to find the blog now – thanks

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    June 11, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I’m really only in the early stages of my parenting journey with two kids but this book sounds like it could get me on the right track early.

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    Nicole Grant
    June 11, 2011 at 7:26 am

    What a great blog! If the book is anything like it, I would love to win a copy 🙂

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    Bronya Dodds
    June 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of this book!!

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    June 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Comment =)

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    Lee Read
    June 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Always looking for more inspiration! x

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    June 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    This sounds like the book I need! The term “fire-fighting” goes through my head quite a lot lately :/

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    June 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    So glad I came across this blog – would love to win a copy!!

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    June 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    What a wonderful book..Oh how it would help me I am soo unorganized..I call myself “Domestically Challenged”…which is difficult to have when you have 3 children..thankyou for a awsome review and great blog

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    June 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I am trying to win a copy of this week as I cannot afford to buy myself anything at the moment. I adore the Planning with kids blog and love receiving emails from Nic.

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    June 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Your review made me teary – thanks Kelly.xxxxxx

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    mellie jane
    June 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I would love this book with 4 darlings of my own i could use alla the tips i can get.

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    June 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I’d LOVE to win that book! Sure would come in handy 🙂

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    June 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I love Nicole’s blog and I’m sure I’d love her book too.
    I sure need the help – since having number 3 early this year my organised little world is on a tilt!
    Thanks for a great giveaway 🙂

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    June 12, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, can I just say that being a homeschooling mum with 2 businesses and helping my husband run his business too this sounds like JUST the book I’ve been looking for! Have just stumbled upon your blog and am now off to take a longer look around x

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    Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    June 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

    The book sounds fab – looking around my messy abode I certainly need some help around here! I am making a concerted effort to live more in the moment and become more organized so this book would certainly keep me on the right track. Thanks for the review, even if I don’t win I will get myself a copy, somehow!

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